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Indian railways aim to install 1GW of solar power

Feb 27, 2015

In the next five years, India hopes to set up 1GW of solar power plants on land and rooftops owned by the railways, said rail minister Suresh Prabhu.

Bulgaria terminates incentives for new renewable energy installations

Feb 27, 2015

Bulgaria’s parliament decided to terminate preferential prices for renewable energy installations on Thursday.

Interview: Rwandan ambassador speaks of transformative power of solar in Africa

Feb 27, 2015

Rwanda’s ambassador to the UK has said he hopes the completion of the East African country’s first utility PV power plant earlier this month will inspire similar projects across Africa.

Australian audits uncover no unsafe solar panels

Feb 27, 2015

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator has uncovered no unsafe modules in more than 13,000 tests, despite media reports that the market was inundated with “cheap and dodgy” panels.

Solar Impulse 2 successfully completes test flight in Abu Dhabi

Feb 27, 2015

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft successfully completed a test flight in Abu Dhabi yesterday ahead of its attempt at circumnavigating the globe.

Updated: Tool Order: Hanergy TF wins US$660 million equipment and plant deal

Feb 27, 2015

Updated: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s thin-film equipment manufacturing subsidiary, Fujian Apollo, has won an order valued at US$660 million to supply 600MW of tools and plant operations to Shangdong Macrolink New Resources Technology Ltd.

Google joins SolarCity in larger US$750 million fund for residential solar in 14 US states

Feb 26, 2015

The largest US solar PV installer SolarCity has created a new US$750 million financial fund with US$300 million of capital from Google.

PV Expo: Canadian Solar CEO’s hopes for Japan power market deregulation

Feb 26, 2015

Deregulation of the Japanese electricity market, expected to begin next year, could “breathe new life into PV”, according to Shawn Qu, chief executive and chairman of Canadian Solar.

REC Solar still adding 300MW of new module capacity in 2015

Feb 26, 2015

Tier-1 PV module manufacturer, REC Solar is planning to spend around US$50 million on production upgrades and expansions in 2015 with an extra 300MW of module assembly capacity via two new lines.

West Virginia solar net metering safe - for now

Feb 26, 2015

Weeks after signing off the repeal of the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard, the governor of West Virginia has vetoed another bill that could have spelled the end off rooftop solar in the state, observers say.

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Government of India approves 15 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects

Feb 27, 2015

The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on February 25th, 2015 approved the implementation of the scheme for setting up 15,000 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects under the National Solar Mission through in three tranches.

Fraunhofer ISE research proves environmental and economic benefits of polymer solar thermal collectors

Feb 27, 2015

Within the “ExKoll” project, the durability analysis group at Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) investigated the economic feasibility of polymer solar thermal collectors and performed life-cycle analyses. The experts found that in comparison to standard solar thermal flat collectors, mass-produced polymer collectors perform better economically and ecologically.

SolarCity creates fund to finance USD 750 million in residential PV projects with investment from Google

Feb 27, 2015

SolarCity Corp. (San Mateo, California, U.S.) has created a fund expected to finance USD 750 million in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. with an investment from Google. The new fund will cover the upfront cost of solar panel installations for thousands of homeowners in 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and make it possible for them to pay less for solar power than they pay for electricity generated by fossil fuels.

Panasonic develops comprehensive solar PV, energy storage solution for cellular towers and Wi-Fi sites

Feb 27, 2015

Panasonic Eco Solutions will introduce its Green Tower comprehensive energy solution for cellular tower and Wi-Fi hotspot sites at the Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2–5 in Barcelona, Spain. Panasonic and its partner, PowerOasis, will unveil a Lithium Ion-based hybrid power solution, combining Panasonic's powerful Lithium Ion battery and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology expertise with PowerOasis' industry-leading telecommunications energy management platform.

Residential PV systems provider Vivint Solar creates new technology team - Solar Labs

Feb 27, 2015

Vivint Solar (San Francisco, CA, US), provider of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on February 26th, 2015 announced that its Solmetric team will be fully integrated into the Vivint Solar operating structure and be known as Vivint Solar Labs. The new research and development team will focus on proprietary photovoltaic installation instruments and software.

Photovoltaic research: University of Luxembourg researchers enable solar cells to use more sunlight

Feb 26, 2015

Scientists of the University of Luxembourg and of the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current. The improvement concerns a conductive oxide film which now has more transparency in the infrared region. Similar attempts had been made before, but this is the first time that these films were prepared by a one-step process and, at the same time, stable in air.

Solar PV gets little in UK Government’s new auction system

Feb 26, 2015

The British Government on February 26th, 2015 announced which technologies and companies have won low carbon energy contracts in the new ‘Contracts for Difference’ auction for renewable energy. The results are disappointing for solar photovoltaics (PV) but not surprising and come as more and more analyses shows that, as long as it is given stable support, solar could very soon be competitive with fossil fuels without subsidy, the British Solar Trade Association (STA, Milton Keynes, UK) comments.

WIRSOL Energy announces the sale of two solar PV farms totaling 42 MW in the UK to Bluefield

Feb 26, 2015

WIRSOL Energy Ltd (London, UK), the company founded by and subsidiary of WIRCON GmbH (Waghäusel, Germany) which focuses on both on-shore wind markets and solar photovoltaic (PV) markets, on February 24th, 2015 announced that it has concluded the sale of two solar farms to Bluefield Solar Income Fund Ltd. The two solar parks total 42 MW.

SMA extends collaboration with GreenPowerMonitor with SCADA solutions for PV power plants

Feb 26, 2015

SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany) and GreenPowerMonitor (Barcelona, Spain) an international provider of monitoring and control systems for solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, have signed an agreement for future cooperation. The intensified collaboration is aimed at deploying coordinated PV power plant solutions, including the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system.

REC Group, Sunrun increase PV panel supply agreement to 100 MW

Feb 26, 2015

REC Group (Oslo, Norway) and Sunrun (San Francisco, California, US), the largest dedicated residential solar photovoltaic (PV) company in the United States, on February 25th, 2015 announced the expansion of their supply agreement signed in August 2014. Under the terms of the deal, Sunrun will purchase 100 megawatts (MW) of REC’s Peak Energy solar panels, with deliveries scheduled throughout 2015.